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October 27, 2011

NCAA makes major changes to scholarship rules

The NCAA Division I board of directors approved a sweeping set of changes to scholarship rules that will begin phasing in with the 2012-2013 school year.

Touted as a way to improve academic performance in collegiate athletics, the board approved a plan that mandates a certain level of academic performance necessary to compete in postseason competition. Earlier this year, the board set the minimum academic standard for postseason competition at a 930 Academic Progress Rate. Teams must hit the 930 benchmark to be eligible for postseason play. Transfers will also have to meet a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for transfer.

For failing to meet those academic standards, teams could also be penalized with loss of practice time, competition reduction (loss of games), and a third level that includes coaching suspensions, financial aid reductions and restricted NCAA membership.

In addition, student-athletes who receive full athletic scholarships will now have the opportunity to receive additional athletics aid up to $2,000 or the full cost of attendance, whichever is the smaller amount. That $2,000 was added to help student-athletes address the rising costs of miscellaneous costs of attending college, and it is optional for institutions to offer the added benefit.




  1. This would’ve made for some good chat material today. What are your thoughts on the changes Joel?

    Comment by SB — October 27, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Seem like no-brainer decisions to me.

    Comment by JErickson — October 27, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  3. “additional aid available to student-athletes in head-count sports (football and basketball)” Let the lawsuits begin. Any female scholarshp volleyball player or male tennis player who does not get the $2000 should sue the school. The NCAA is creating two classes of scholarship athletes and IMO, that ain’t going to last long.

    Comment by Ted — October 28, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  4. What bowl teams from last season would have been ineligible for bowls because they fell below the 930 APR?

    Comment by frank — October 28, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

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